The FDA's use of Temporary Voting Members is corrupt, unscientific, and an affront to democratic norms
The FDA is completely captured by the pharmaceutical industry. We’ve known this for decades. Every time that the FDA gets caught red-handed they promise a series of reforms that make absolutely no difference and then they go back to business as usual.
As the name suggests, the FDA’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC) makes recommendations concerning vaccines and other biologics. In the age of COVID, this impacts hundreds of millions of Americans.
The VRBPAC has 15 official members. It’s completely corrupt. Attorney Thomas Renz compiled a list of the financial conflicts of interest of the 15 officials members and it’s shocking. The chair has so many financial conflicts of interest that she has had to recuse herself from most of the recent decisions regarding COVID-19 vaccines. But it’s not just the chair, most members of the committee have financial conflicts of interest.
In researching the VRBPAC this week I noticed that the vote tally from their last meeting was 19 to 0. Where did the additional four votes come from? So I watched the roll call vote from their last meeting on YouTube — and 12 of the 19 votes were NOT officials members of VRBPAC. What’s going on?
It turns out that the VRBPAC makes extensive use of “Temporary Voting Members”. These are academics and doctors that the FDA hand-selects for the purposes of that meeting. Temporary Voting Members make up a majority of the voters for the decisions concerning COVID vaccines. You can see where this is going, right!? The FDA can dial up any result they want before the meeting ever takes place just by choosing people who they know will vote the way that FDA/Pharma wants them to. It gets worse. Even though the FDA knows the names of the Temporary Voting Members well in advance, they are not announced to the public until two business days before the meeting. That makes it nearly impossible for concerned citizens to properly vet these people for financial conflicts of interest.
It appears that the Temporary Voting Members are under extraordinary political and financial pressure to vote a certain way. After the vote was taken last week at the VRBPAC meeting — that approved a third dose of Moderna in spite of no reliable data on efficacy nor safety — an extraordinary exchange took place (several media outlets picked up on this including the Wall Street Journal).
Temporary Voting Member Patrick Moore made the following statement:
“I think that, you know, it’s kinda clear that I’ve got some real issues with this vote. But nonetheless I just want to explain why I voted Yes on it, as more gut feeling, rather than based on really truly serious data. And I think that it’s very important for companies that are coming to VRBPAC, on dealing with this EUA, that they really take seriously the idea that we need to see good solid data and it needs to be explained well, which to be honest with you, this submission was to me at least, perhaps it was just because I’m old and befuddled, but it was not explained well until I read the FDA review, the second half, and that on the other hand had a clarity and a crystal precision to it that really made it clear what the issues are. But the data itself is not strong but it is certainly going in a direction that is supportive of this vote.”
Don’t take my word for it. You can watch the recording yourself, starting at the 6:59:14 mark:
Thank you for your candor, sir. But “gut feelings” are not science. Based on your explanation you had a moral, ethical, and professional obligation to vote No. But you voted Yes anyway. You did not follow the data. And when the FDA recommends a product without proper data, the people who receive these drugs often end up injured or dead. Everyone knows this.
I’m fascinated too that, based on Dr. Moore’s statement, Pfizer’s application was abysmal, but the FDA, far from being independent or objective, polished it up and made it sound better than it was (given the absence of any reliable data).
Patrick Moore is scheduled to be a Temporary Voting Member once again on Tuesday, October 26, 2021 when the VRBPAC votes on Pfizer’s Emergency Use Authorization application for mRNA shots for children ages 5 to 11. Once again the data are inadequate and show no benefit. We know that the harms of these shots are considerable (see the CDC’s own analysis as well as OpenVAERS.) Once again the FDA have polished up the application and created a fictitious narrative to try to get the product approved in spite of the inadequate data.
What’s beyond sad is that in spite of committing a crime against humanity at the last meeting, Dr. Moore is probably one of the relatively better members of this vile committee. He at least had the decency to express reservations, while the rest, like Paul Offit, are in full Cult of Vaccine mode. But a brief moment of decency will not spare him from prosecution at the Nuremberg 2.0 trials. “I was just following orders” was not a valid defense at the first Nuremberg trials and “well, at least I expressed some reservations” is not a valid defense now.
You can contact Patrick Moore at the phone number and email address below to ask him to man up and follow the data at the Oct. 26 meeting instead of just making things up based on the rumblings of his stomach.
Patrick Moore, M.D., M.P.H.
Distinguished and American Cancer Society Professor
Pittsburgh Foundation Chair in Innovative Cancer Research
University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
phone: (412) 623-7721
As this incident shows, Temporary Voting Members must be abolished, the FDA must be dismantled brick by brick, and the FDA leadership (including the criminally dishonest Acting Commissioner) must be arrested and prosecuted for crimes against humanity. A revolution is coming.
I was thinking this TODAY. When everything goes down (praying) - this 3 letter agency needs to go too!!!
I sold devices for a long time and they were SO scrutinized it was insane. How drugs aren’t is beyond me!!
Just watched DOPESICK on Hulu - just brings to light how corrupt....OxyContin - they KNEW what it did to people. Purdue Pharma didn’t even use a real study to back their claims...it makes me physically ill to think about it all...
Toby, this article has aged well. I agree, "Attorney Thomas Renz compiled a list of the financial conflicts of interest of the 15 officials members is shocking"! Pfizer and Moderna's fingerprints are all over those committee members.